India

  • Workshop on HDBR & Air virtual Studio held
    Kohima, March 28 (DIPR): With an aim to equipped the staff of All India Radio, AIR and Doordarshan with the latest and state of the art broadcasting technology, a Workshop on Hard Disc Band Recording, HDBR system and AIR virtual Studio was successfully held at All India Radio Kohima. The 5-day intensive workshop was organized by Regional Staff training Institute, Shillong. Speaking at the valedictory function today, the Superintendent Engineer of AIR Shillong, Ashish Bhatnagar said in
  • Pfutsero Congress questions food grain supply
    Dimapur, March 28 (MExN): The ACCC of Pfutsero assembly constituency is raising serious questions over reasons rations cards not being reviewed and over food grain supply going to unknown interests.  The ACCC noted a press release said to have been issued by the Additional Director for Food & Civil Supplies earlier. What the department’s press release was about was not explained in the rejoinder received here from the Congress unit. However, the unit said the department&
  • Supreme Court raps govt for not investigating source of black money
    New Delhi, March 28 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday flayed the government for not probing into specific sources of black money stashed in banks abroad and asked the Centre to apprise it of its investigation into the threat to national security posed by it. The apex court also expressed its dismay that the government’s probe into the issue of black money was focussed only on the case involving Pune stud owner Hasan Ali Khan and no name of any other person involved in stashing f
  • First day of Indo-Pak talks ‘extremely positive’
    Officials of Pakistan, left, and India, right, sit on either side of a table during India-Pakistan Home/Interior secretary level talks in New Delhi, March 28. India and Pakistan have begun two days of diplomatic talks amid a surge in good will before a seminal cricket match between the two sides. Both cricket-crazed countries are abuzz with excitement for the World Cup semifinal match Wednesday. (AP Photo) New Delhi, March 28 (Agencies): In the midst of ‘cricket diplomacy
  • SC seeks response from Centre on complete ban on plastics
    New Delhi, March 28 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Centre on why there should not be a complete ban on the use of plastics in the country which at present is limited to tobacco products. A bench of Justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly issued notice to the Centre on a PIL seeking the court’s direction to impose a complete ban on the use of plastics.Challenging the government rules of banning use of plastics only in gutkha, tobacco and pan masala, the NGO
  • Tiger population rises on the back of conservation efforts
    New Delhi, March 28 (PTI): The tiger population in the country has risen to 1706 compared to 1411 in 2006 — a 12 per cent increase that excludes the big cats of Sundarbans, the latest Tiger Census said today, thanks to sustained conservation efforts. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, who released the All India Tiger Estimation Exercise for 2010, said that “the mid-point range” of tigers in the country is 1706. The previous census in 2006 did not cover Sundarbans.
  • Mani Shankar rubbishes Wikileaks expose
    LUCKNOW, march 28 (PTI): Former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar today rubbished Wikileaks expose that he was replaced by Murli Deora as Petroleum Minister in 2006 under US pressure. He, however noted that the US was happy that he was removed. “It is rubbish that petroleum portfolio was taken from me as the US was unhappy,” Aiyar told reporters here in a reply to a question on Wikileaks reports. He said that during UPA-I he was given additional and “temporary”
  • BlackBerry to set up plant in India
    New Delhi, March 27 (PTI): After Nokia, Samsung, LG and other global brands, BlackBerry smartphones-maker Research in Motion is likely to set up an Indian manufacturing facility in view of the potential within the country and the surrounding region and may develop the country into an export hub.  “India is an important and strategic market for RIM and its exciting and fast—growing mobile sector offers major potential for further expansion. As part of RIM’s strate
  • Aussie’s ruling Labor headed for state election
    SYDNEY, March 25 (Reuters): Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labor party looks set to suffer a big defeat on Saturday in elections in the nation's most populous state, leaving three out of six states under Labor as she tries to bring in a national carbon price and mining tax. A Labor "bloodbath" in the New South Wales (NSW) election will politically damage Gillard, who holds a one-seat majority, thanks to independents and Green MPs.Labor has held power for 16 years i
  • Wikileaks: PC’s remark draws flak
    New Delhi, March 25 (PTI): Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday came under attack in Parliament for reportedly saying that India would have made more progress if it had only Southern and Western parts, with some members demanding his removal for utterances “against national unity”. Members in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha took strong objection to Chidambaram’s comments reportedly made during his interaction with US Ambassador Timothy Roemer in 2009, which wa
  • ‘We’ve every right to use Kashmir door to teach India a lesson’
    Lahore, March 25 (Agencies): Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has alleged that India has been aiding terrorist activities in Pakistan and that Pakistanis have “every right to use the Kashmir door” to throw the book at the neighbouring country. Speaking on the issue ‘Challenges faced by Muslim Ummah and their solutions’ at Hameed Nizami Hall in Lahore on Thursday, Saeed said that India was facilitating terrorist activities inside Pakistan and ̶
  • JPC-PAC turf war: PC Chacko meets Speaker with complaint
    New Delhi, March 25 (PTI): The JPC Chief P.C. Chacko on Friday approached Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar with a complaint that Public Accounts Committee (PAC) could be encroaching upon its turf in the probe in 2G Spectrum scam and sought her intervention. He also brought to her notice questions raised by some JPC members over presence of certain members on account of conflict of interest, considering that they had been ministers in previous governments and hence part of decision-making
  • Winning three Assembly seats is my reply to charges: BS Yeddyurappa
    Bangalore, March 25 (Agencies): Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Friday said he would “reply” to allegations against him by winning all the three assembly by-elections to be held in the state on April 9. “We will win all the three constituencies,” he told reporters here. “In these times of allegations, their (the opposition Congress and JDS) aim is to put me on the dock by trying to dent my image”. “Reply for it is by winning all the
  • ‘End political interference in VCs appointment’
    New Delhi, March 25 (Agencies): Calling for a need to end political interference in the appointment of Vice Chancellors of universities, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said the education system in the country would evolve only if such practices were stopped. Inaugurating a meeting of the Vice Chancellors of the Central and State universities here, Mr. Sibal also said the university system must allow mobility to students. The university system need
  • Black money: Hasan Ali sent to judicial custody till April 8
    Mumbai, March 25 (PTI): Pune stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan Friday alleged that he was getting threats from Kolkata businessman Kashinath Tapuria, a co-accused in the money laundering case, after he was remanded in judicial custody by a sessions court till April 8. Outside the court, Khan told reporters that he was getting threats from Tapuria, his alleged associate in money laundering activities.Khan also alleged that he was being framed in the case by Tapuria, who was arrested yester
  • ‘Giving away 99% of wealth...there can’t be a more powerful message’
    MUMBAI, March 24 (Agencies): Philanthropy has become the flavour of the season with American billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates visiting India. However, the jury is out on how successful their initiative would be here, with homegrown corporates giving divergent views on whether there is a need to emulate western concepts. “I don’t think the concept of philanthropy in India needs to simply emulate Western concepts,” said Harsh Goenka, chairman, RPG Enterprises.
  • Food inflation in double digits at 10.05 p.c.
    New Delhi, March 24 (PTI): Food inflation crept back into double digits at 10.05% for the week ended March 12, breaking a 3-week long downward spiral, as prices of vegetables, fruits and protein-based items increased. Food inflation stood at 9.42%t in the previous week. The latest rise marks the first time in a fortnight that food inflation has gone above a single-digit figure. The latest surge in the rate of price rise of food items is likely to increase the worries of the government
  • Harley Davidson: Will not hike prices of CKD bikes in India
    NEW Delhi, march 24 (PTI): US cult bike maker Harley Davidson today said it will not hike prices of its two models to be assembled in India despite an increase in import duty for completely knocked down (CKD) parts. The company, which is setting up an assembly unit at Bawal in Haryana, said it is evaluating options in the wake of the new CKD norms that has resulted in higher import duty.“...We are firm in honouring our commitment to our dealers, customers and enthusiasts across I
  • Tamil Nadu freebie wars: AIADMK ups DMK’s promise
    Chennai, March 24 (Agencies): It is raining promises of freebies in Tamil Nadu polls. AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa Thursday exceeded her arch rival DMK’s promises to the voters in a bid to win the April 13 assembly polls. Jayalalithaa has promised freebies ranging from free laptops to students, fans, grinders, mixies, rice, housing plot, cash assistance for students, free water and many other things, outdoing the DMK. Her promises were contained in the party’s much-waited m
  • TI Cycles launches India’s first carbon bicycle
    CHENNAI, march 24 (PTI): Bicycle manufacturer TI Cycles, a part of the $3.2 billion Murugappa Group , today introduced India’s first bicycle made from carbon, ‘Montra’. The cycle, targeted at urban adults, is priced between Rs 21,000 and Rs 1.5 lakh. The Chennai based company has manufactured the bicycle at their Ambattur facility and aims to sell about 12,000 units this year, according to TI CYCLES India President Dr Raghuram.“We are happy to introduce these bi